- Sep 21, 2020
The U.S. bishops’ conference has told the Trump administration that because of the Church’s humanitarian agencies, its solidarity visits, and long-term contact with local governments and populations around the world, the Church lends a credible voice to international affairs.
Flor Umanzor, a volunteer teacher for more than 10 years at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, said she can see the satisfaction on her students’ faces when they read and understand a passage from the Bible.
Despite being perhaps the fastest-growing Catholic-inspired devotion in the Americas, concentrated in Mexico and Central America the cult of “Santa Muerte,” of “Saint Death,” is not only not Catholic, but Catholic leaders say it’s actually heretical since Jesus came to offer eternal life rather than death.
A recent report identified 40 Central American children and mothers arrested and detained in immigration raids in Texas, with one immigrant rights activist calling the situation “simultaneously heartbreaking, challenging and stressful, because the stakes are so high.”
El Salvador’s late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero will be beatified Saturday as a martyr of the Catholic Church. Aside from the importance of Romero’s personal story, the wider significance is a broadened Catholic concept of what counts as a martyr. Romero was killed in 1980 during a period of social